Gage and Calibration Software Comparisons

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crazyedd

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Hello forum users,
I an new to the group and am hoping someone can help me. I have been doing calibrations for roughly 15 years now. Originally I was at an avionics manufacturing facility in Coral Gables, FL and now in a medical manufacturing company in Elkton, MD. I have used Fluke Met/Cal for many years and now am trying to setup Gagetrak. We have over 2000 gages and was wondering if anyone has had experience with both. I am looking for pros and cons. Thank you.
 
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WKHANNA

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I only have experience with GageTrak.
Been using it since 2004.
Currently running V 6.7
I have no complaints. We have 1940 instruments in our data base.
It's more powerful than needed in some cases, and there are functions that we should be taking advantage of that we don't due to a lack of manpower resource. One thing that is nice is based on gage data, it can recommend inspection cycles, and economize on the required frequency of calibration.
 
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pcsmith

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Hello forum users,
I have used Fluke Met/Cal for many years and now am trying to setup Gagetrak.
You are trying to "setup" Gagetrak and are looking for pros/cons? Have you already purchased and just want to know what to expect; or, are you trying to decide whether to get Gagetrak.

I looked at Gagetrak and Indysoft Gage Insite. I know many people that use Gagetrak, Mudcats, and Gage Insite and swear by them all for different reasons. I have used several different softwares and eventually chose Gage Insite because it seems to have more room to grow as I expect to grow and I had used it in the past. It is a bear but that is only because of its capabilities. If you expect your lab to stay small and maintain a few thousand gages, Gagetrak will have no problem meeting your needs (not to say that Gagetrak cannot be used for large/multiple labs).
 
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crazyedd

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The Gagetrak software is already purchased but I find many features I do not like. I am actually trying to determine wheter this is going to be the best solution for what we need. The setup seems to be more complicated than need be and it's not adjustable enough for what we need. Field changes are not possible, report editing not common (I know programming of Crystal Reports), can't view calibration procedures while taking measurements, tolerance fields are too simplified.... These are just a few that have me wondering about this software. Maybe it's just me? Is this software intended for just dimensional gages? I also have pressure gauges, DMM's, force gauges, laser micrometers, this is where I have most of my problems.
 
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pcsmith

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I only demo'd the Gagetrak for a few weeks and you have reminded me of some of the concerns I had, particularly tolerance field and reporting manipulation if I recall correctly. That's why I chose Gage Insite. It's very powerful. Initial setup and configuration to how you want it is very extensive (and can seem overwhelming), but once that's done, it's a breeze to work with and tech support has been helpful with GoTo meetings when needed.
And NO, I don't rep them or get anything for saying this - just a great experience over the past two years.
 
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WKHANNA

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Only my dimensional type gages (micrometers, calipers, indicators, height gages, pins, thread plug gages, etc.) are calibrated in-house. Things like pressure gages and multi-meters are certified by outside contractors. So the issues you finding were not apparent to me.
 
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crazyedd

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Thanks for the help. I am going to continue on my research but I think Gagetrak is probably not going to work for us the way we would like it to. Maybe Gage In Site, but I'm thinking the Fluke Met/Cal software may be the best choice. Whichever we choose, I am preparing myself for the hours/days/weeks of setup required.
 
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